The legendary Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu (believed to have lived in the 6th century BCE), wrote that time is a created thing with no past and no future. Other philosophers have advocated for time being a continuous flow, with no stopping or starting point. Physicists have described time as a fourth dimensional reality and Einstein concluded that time is relative, meaning it all depends on your frame of reference. A few scientists have even proposed that time is an illusion. Interesting.
I often look at the clock to see what time it is. Is it time to get up or to go to bed or to make dinner or attend a scheduled zoom call or record a favorite movie? Is it time to tackle a new project or publish my next book or submit those poems I’ve kept hidden? Is it time to go on a diet or trade in my old car for a new one? Is it time to cut my hair or throw out boxes of accumulated stuff I no longer use? Time to be kind to myself and others? Time to be joyful and at peace?
I lost a few family members, as well as friends, and acquaintances over the course of these last few years. Some of my family members said things like, “I always thought we’d have more time,” or “I didn’t expect she’d go so soon.”
Time probably means different things to everyone but the one thing I think we all share is that no one knows for sure when their “time” will be up. And after that, well, your guess is as good as mine.
So, for me, time is about this moment right now and enjoying my life as the days and nights and days and nights tumble into one another, making all the cliché sayings so true. The clock’s ticking. Time flies. Lost track of time. Don’t worry… we’ll be there in no time. Only time will tell. One day at a time. It’s just a matter of time.
How did you find solace this week?
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